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15 04, 2019

The tale of the nightmare boss

2019-04-15T20:56:27+00:00April 15th, 2019|

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It comes out from the deep. It’s hairy. It’s scary. It fills you with terror and dread during every waking moment. It is …

The Nightmare Boss.

Chapter one

It starts right when you arrive in the morning. No sooner do you put down your cup of coffee than Nightmare Boss is screaming in your ear. You’d better have those reports on his (or her) desk by noon! No, make it 11 o’clock. Then there’s ANOTHER set of reports he wants you to have on his desk by noon. Lunch break? You think you deserve a lunch break? Where do you think you are – on vacation?

Chapter two

The reports are done (both sets). You had to kill yourself to do them and your stomach is growling like a wild animal, but they’re done. Then, Nightmare Boss calls you into his office. You call these reports? I wouldn’t use these to line my birdcages. Do them over – ALL of them. I don’t care if you have to stay late – again.

Chapter three

You’re riding home in the car, bleary-eyed after what seems like another million-hour day. You can’t take much more of this. It’s far past dark. You haven’t eaten in 12 hours. Your doctor says you’re on the road to an ulcer. It’s official: if you don’t do something fast, Nightmare Boss is going to spell your doom.

Chapter four

Just before you pull off the highway to your exit, you spot a billboard. “Buy your own franchise,” it says. “Then, you can be your OWN boss.” Now there’s an idea. You’ve always thought you had what it takes. You have a little capital saved up. You’d never have to deal with Nightmare Boss again – and you certainly would be a better boss than he is.

So what are you waiting for? Give your story a happily ever after: be the boss of your own franchise today.

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1 04, 2019

What is the entrepreneur mindset?

2019-04-01T21:20:28+00:00April 1st, 2019|

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One of the biggest differences between employees and entrepreneurs isn’t the amount of money they make, their business hours or their working conditions. Although it’s true those can all vary, the most significant difference is something you can’t see: their mindset.

Ownership of problems

Employees often don’t take ownership of problems, i.e., don’t see themselves as responsible for the end result. Often, they’re in a certain place in an organization and are only responsible for the end result of that segment. But entrepreneurs know that, at the end of the day, they’re accountable for every result in their organization.

Goal-orientation

Similarly to ownership of problems, entrepreneurs have a goal-orientation. Employees, on the other hand, often have a process orientation. They put in only enough effort as is necessary to get the job done – not necessarily enough to get the job done well.

Taking risks

Employees are often risk-averse, and for good reason. To an employee, taking risks does not necessarily bring rewards. In fact, the opposite is often true. Taking risks may endanger the status quo, and depending on the company atmosphere, could get the former fired. Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, empower themselves to take risks and know that sometimes, failure is just another cost of doing business.

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18 03, 2019

Don’t just run your franchise; LEAD it

2019-03-18T18:46:01+00:00March 18th, 2019|

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In order to have a successful franchise, you must alter your mindset from that of an ordinary employee. Like it or not, you’re the leader now, and your every action must reflect that. Here are a few inspirational quotations on leadership to illustrate this concept.

“You manage THINGS; you lead PEOPLE” — Admiral Grace Murray Hopper

As a regular business manager, you were probably concerned with things like stocking, staffing and profit. As a franchise owner, you have to be concerned about all those things – AND inspiring the people who work for you as well. That’s because everything you say and do reflects on the franchise brand. It’s not about the “things” anymore; it’s about the brand that encompasses many different types of employees and customers.

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality” — Warren Bennis

If you’ve ever managed a business, you know that a certain amount of what you do goes on faith. You have to trust that that the vision you hold for your enterprise can, in fact, be realized. However, franchising makes this much easier. It’s a relatively simple matter to turn your vision into reality when other franchise branches have proven their success in doing it.

If you’re looking for more inspiration regarding franchises, talk to your franchisor. They’re sure to be full of all sorts of ways to get you fired up about your new venture!

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4 03, 2019

How do you know if you’re ready to own a franchise?

2019-03-04T21:50:40+00:00March 4th, 2019|

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You’ve been thinking about taking the leap into owning your own franchise for awhile now. But how do you know if you’re really ready? Below are a few signs.

You want your freedom

There can be no denying that the “freedom” factor is a major reason why people are attracted to franchises. Maybe you’re sick of not being able to chart your own career path. Or you need the flexibility to combine work and family time. Either way, a franchise can definitely free you to do the things in life you want to!

You want more money

You’re the kind of person willing to work harder for more money. But maybe that sort of opportunity isn’t available in your present job. The revenue from franchises, on the other hand, accounts for over one-third of all U.S. retail sales. Why not grab a piece of that for yourself?

You want a sense of purpose

So many salaried jobs today can be soul-draining. You long for something that allows you to pursue your dreams, do something meaningful or maybe make a difference in the lives of others. Whatever your sense of purpose, a franchise might just allow you to achieve it!

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18 02, 2019

Franchising ain’t what it used to be

2019-02-18T20:20:30+00:00February 18th, 2019|

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Franchising has changed a great deal since the practice first started. Even the past half-century has seen significant movement in the way such businesses are initiated, executed and conducted. No, franchising ain’t what it used to be.

It’s so much more.

How franchising began

It used to be that stores would only look to franchise if their customer base demanded it. Say, if customers complained they couldn’t get an item at a particular location, or that the drive from their home was too far. Now, franchises are looking to CREATE the demand they seek. They’re doing market research right from the beginning to find the hottest trends, and then capitalize on them in the franchise sphere.

Methods of funding

You used to need a significant amount of capital to open a franchise, and there were usually only a few ways to get it. You either had a lot of savings in the bank, or you used something of great value to you (like your house, car or other asset) to get a loan from the bank, placing your beloved item at risk. But now, there are many different funding options if you’re looking to get into franchising – and many franchisors who will be happy to discuss them with you.

Franchising options

Franchising options used to be somewhat limited. There were only a few industries you could go into, and it helped to have a good deal of experience with them in the first place. But presently, the types of franchises you can own run the gamut from fast food restaurants to automotive centers. This means that, wherever your passion and knowledge have taken you to this point, there’s probably a franchise that matches them.

Get more information about starting a franchise

Has any of this piqued your curiosity about owning your own franchise? Talk to a franchisor today, and find out what the future holds for YOU.

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6 02, 2019

Neighborly® Makes History in 2018

2019-02-06T17:26:54+00:00February 6th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

– Company changes name from Dwyer Group to Neighborly
– Acquired by private equity firm Harvest Partners, LP
– Acquired two new brands: Real Property Management and Mosquito Joe

WACO, Texas — Neighborly®, the world’s largest franchisor of home service brands, celebrated another milestone year in 2018.

In June, the company announced The Riverside Company’s sale of Neighborly to new private equity partner Harvest Partners, LP. Neighborly also completed two acquisitions, Real Property Management and Mosquito Joe. This brings the total number of service brands under the Neighborly umbrella to 20.

Neighborly grew to a total of nearly 3,600 franchisees across nine countries in 2018. The company sold a total of 325 new franchise units across its brands. In addition, the company’s annual systemwide sales reached a total of $2 billion.

“This past year was a period of transformation and growth for Neighborly,” said Mike Bidwell, President and CEO of Neighborly. “We changed our company name after 37 years from Dwyer Group to Neighborly, completed three major acquisition deals, and put our company on a new growth trajectory. We are thankful for our amazing corporate team and franchisees who make it all possible. We look forward to continued growth in the years to come.”

Other highlights for the year included:

  • The launch of The Neighborly Project, an initiative to honor a veteran with complimentary home repair services.
  • The introduction of GetNeighborly.com version 2.0, which updated the company’s website platform that provides a one stop shop for all consumers’ home service needs.
  • Inclusion in top industry rankings, such as Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500, Top Franchises for Veterans, Fastest Growing Franchises, Top Brands and Best Franchises for Any Budget; Military Times‘ Best for Vets; Franchise Gator‘s Top 100; Forbes America‘s Best and Worst Franchises to Buy; and Franchise Business Review‘s Top Franchise Opportunities.

“As we move forward, Neighborly will continue to grow and flourish in new ways we never thought possible,” Bidwell added. “I look forward to seeing how the successes of 2018 impact the future of Neighborly and its brands in this new year.”

About Neighborly:

Neighborly is a holding company of 21 service brands, focused on repairing, maintaining and enhancing consumers’ homes and businesses. The company operates online platforms that connect consumers to service providers in their local communities that meet their rigorous standards as a franchisor across 14 service categories at www.getneighborly.com in the United States and www.getneighbourly.ca in Canada. The company was founded in 1981 as Dwyer Group and is based in Waco, Texas. More information about Neighborly/Neighbourly, and its franchise concepts, is available at www.NeighborlyBrands.com.

5 02, 2019

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. Announces Partnership with Automated Sales Platform Click2Sell

2019-02-05T18:34:01+00:00February 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Sign, Graphics and Visual Communications Franchisor Adds Virtual Sales Assistant Software System-wide to Support Franchisees

CARROLLTON, Texas — FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, announced today its partnership with Click2Sell, an online platform created to simplify, automate, and personalize the process for sales professionals performing business-to-business sales.

“Click2Sell’s software was designed with the small business owner in mind, and its capabilities have been proven to not only allow employees the time to focus on more important tasks, but also to generate quality leads that convert into tangible sales,” said Mark Jameson, EVP of Franchise Support and Development, FASTSIGNS International, Inc. “Individual franchisee success is how we determine our overall brand success at FASTSIGNS, and by implementing this new program we strive to uphold our commitment to deliver the most quality resources for the franchisees throughout our FASTSIGNS system.”

Click2Sell is a web-based application created for B2B sales professionals by B2B sales professionals. Its proprietary reply actions and email send algorithms were designed to help sales professionals drive sales by serving as a virtual assistant.

“The initial results for FASTSIGNS have been some of the best we’ve seen yet,” said Amy Barcus, founding partner of Click2Sell. “Our purpose is to help FASTSIGNS re-engage with repeat customers and find new customers daily, keeping the brand top-of-mind with thousands of prospects in each market. We’re very excited about this partnership and look forward to all we can accomplish as our relationship continues to evolve.”

FASTSIGNS is known in the industry for equipping its franchisees with tools vital to securing the ongoing success of each individual location. In 2018, FASTSIGNS announced the launch of its partnership with 1HUDDLE, a workforce-training platform that converts unique training content into science-backed, quick-burst training games that are proven to accelerate workforce productivity. Additionally, FASTSIGNS announced the launch of a special incentive for first responders, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, sheriffs, and firefighters, which includes a 50-percent reduction on the franchise fee — a savings of $23,750. As part of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) VetFran program, FASTSIGNS also offers veterans this special incentive. FASTSIGNS is proud to be the only franchisor in its segment to offer a development incentive specifically to first responders and veterans.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. was ranked the #1 franchise opportunity in its category and 95 overall on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2019 Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Acknowledged by entrepreneurs and franchisors as a top competitive tool of measurement, the Franchise 500® recognizes FASTSIGNS, the only sign, graphics, and visual communications franchise to be recognized in the top 100, for its exceptional performance in areas including financial strength and stability, growth rate and brand power. FASTSIGNS also has been recognized for its franchisee satisfaction by being named a World Class Franchise by the Franchise Research Institute for five consecutive years and has been ranked by Franchise Business Review as one of the “Best of the Best” for franchisee satisfaction for the last 10 years. Additionally, FASTSIGNS also was named to Franchise Business Review’s “Innovative Franchises” list in 2017 and a “Best-in-Category” franchise by Franchise Business Review in 2018. The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) recently recognized FASTSIGNS International, Inc. with a special six-year Franchisees’ Choice designation for its strong relationship with Canadian franchisees, as well as extensive franchisee training and support.

About FASTSIGNS®

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the largest sign and visual communications franchisor in North America, and is the worldwide franchisor of over 700 independently owned and operated FASTSIGNS® centers in nine countries including the U.S., Canada, England, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Chile, and Australia (where centers operate as SIGNWAVE®).

FASTSIGNS locations provide comprehensive sign and visual graphic solutions to help companies of all sizes and across all industries attract more attention, communicate their message, sell more products, help visitors find their way and extend their branding across all of their customer touch points including décor, events, wearables and marketing materials. Learn more about sign and visual graphic solutions or find a location at fastsigns.com. Follow the brand on Twitter @FASTSIGNS, Facebook at facebook.com/FASTSIGNS or LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/fastsigns.

5 02, 2019

Longtime Always Best Care Franchisee Expands Services In Dallas/Fort Worth Area

2019-02-05T18:22:03+00:00February 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Leading Senior Care Franchise Now Offering Award-Winning Services to Carrollton

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — Always Best Care Senior Services, one of the leading senior care franchise systems in the United States, announced today that existing franchisee Marcus Gardner has expanded his territory to offer exceptional senior care to more residents in the state of Texas. Always Best Care of Dallas/Fort Worth/Mid Cities will now provide senior care services to the communities of Carrollton. 

“Marcus has been an indispensable part of Always Best Care since he first launched his agency in Dallas more than a decade ago and we’re proud to announce his continued expansion as he strives to serve a greater part of Texas’ communities,” said Jake Brown, President and CEO of Always Best Care. “His dedication and passion towards helping others has led to success in the local community and we’re eager to see his accomplishments in Carrollton.”

Prior to franchising, Gardner served as a business consultant with Ernst & Young. He became the owner and operator of Always Best Care of Dallas in 2008 and has developed a strong reputation in the community, which has allowed him to expand his business across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. One of the brand’s top-performing franchisees, Gardner reported a 4% increase in revenue in 2018 and expanding his business will create over 50 new jobs for caregivers.

“As a Texas native, I’m honored to continue to build my business within the local community while offering a service I am deeply passionate about,” said Gardner. “Each of my team members and staff are dedicated to providing quality care, and this expansion will give us the ability to make a greater impact for those in need of extra assistance for their loved ones. I’m very excited to continue to grow the Always Best Care brand and look forward to this new chapter.”

Always Best Care is one of the nation’s leading providers of non-medical in-home care, assisted living placement services and skilled home health care, and is the only senior services franchise system that combines the three to create three separate revenue streams for its franchisees. The company delivers its services through an international network of more than 200 independently owned and operated franchise territories throughout the United States and Canada.

By working with case managers, social workers, discharge planners, doctors, and families, Always Best Care franchise owners provide affordable, comprehensive solutions that can be specifically matched to meet a client’s particular physical or social needs. The hallmark services of Always Best Care include non-medical in-home care and assisted living finder and referral services, with skilled home health care now being phased in throughout the country.

About Always Best Care             

Founded in 1996, Always Best Care Senior Services is based on the belief that having the right people for the right level of care means peace of mind for the client and family. Always Best Care assists seniors with a wide range of illnesses and personal needs, and currently provides more than 4 million hours of care every year. Franchise opportunities are available to individuals interested in leveraging the company’s clear strategy and proven track record for delivering affordable, dependable service to seniors in their local areas.

Always Best Care also offers an exclusive program called Always in Touch, a telephone reassurance program that provides a daily phone call to seniors and disabled adults who are living alone and have limited contact with the outside world. Always in Touch is the only absolutely free national telephone reassurance program of its kind anywhere in the USA and Canada. For more information on Always in Touch, or to request an application, visit www.Always-In-Touch.com

5 02, 2019

Re-Bath Makes Designing Your Dream Bathroom Simple, Launches Bathroom Visualizer Tool

2019-02-05T18:13:49+00:00February 5th, 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Leading Complete Bathroom Remodeling Company Partners with Quote Countertops to Debut Revolutionary Technology

PHOENIX — Re-Bath, the nation’s largest complete bathroom remodeling company, has joined forces with Quote Countertops to debut a new, revolutionary technology tool called “Bathroom Visualizer.” Designed to take the headache out of the complex bathroom remodel experience, the Bathroom Visualizer tool is an easy-to-use online platform where consumers can visualize and design their dream bathroom instantly on any device.

“Bathroom remodels are a complex journey of putting together many different products and configurations,” said Alan Lerner, CEO of Quote Countertops. “Quote Countertops and Re-Bath have collaborated their efforts to streamline this complex process to inspire customer creativity from the comfort of their own home.”

For many, bathroom remodels have long been an intricate experience of multiple choices with just as many places to shop for products and services. The Bathroom Visualizer tool helps consumers simplify a typically overwhelming selection process of thousands of products from cabinets, countertops, tile, fixtures, showers, tubs, toilets, mirrors, paint, and much more. The tool gives the power of design to the customer and creates an in-home design experience that supports the visual needs of consumers without a lengthy process. With the use of cutting-edge technology, Re-Bath has created a fun and exciting approach for consumers to dream, design, and share their remodel ideas with family and friends – even through social media.

“We understand the challenges and hesitation involved with embarking on a new bathroom remodel project,” said Brad Hillier, CEO of Re-Bath. “As our company continues to grow and evolve, it is our goal to simplify the process and reassure our customers that a remodel can be effortless, convenient and affordable. With the launch of the Bathroom Visualizer tool, we aim to enhance the consumer experience.”

Once a customer designs a bathroom in the tool and fills out their contact information for next steps, a picture of the bathroom they designed along with an itemized list of products used in the design are sent to their local Re-Bath franchise location. This allows for a streamlined process and quicker turnaround on projects.

Re-Bath has grown into a trusted and respected brand known for providing expert, affordable, and effortless bathroom remodeling solutions that transform homeowners’ bathrooms in days, not weeks. Whether seeking a tub or shower area update, better accessibility and safety in your bathroom or a complete bathroom remodel, Re-Bath takes the headache out of bathroom remodeling. The company’s exclusive remodel process removes old materials and fixtures and replaces them with beautiful new options in a wide variety of colors.

Re-Bath has grown to nearly 100 locations in 43 states and continues to seek strategic franchise partners to expand its footprint nationwide.

To learn more about Re-Bath and your bathroom remodeling needs, visit https://www.rebath.com/.

About Re-Bath

Re-Bath is the nation’s largest complete bathroom remodeling franchise located in more than 100 cities across the country. The parent company’s first entry in the bathroom remodeling industry occurred in 1978 and focused on the hospitality sector. In 1991, Re-Bath launched its first franchise location to focus on the residential market. The company offers complete bathroom remodels, tub and shower updates, plus aging and accessibility solutions. From simple bathtub replacements to complete bathroom redesigns, Re-Bath makes bathroom remodeling effortless, convenient and affordable, all with professional, friendly and factory-trained installers. Re-Bath is a one-stop service that covers the entire process – from design to done – in three easy steps: consultation, removal, and installation. Re-Bath assembles its own exclusive line of products at its headquarters located in Phoenix, Ariz., and offers best-in-class products from national brands for its customers. For more information please visit www.rebath.com or www.rebathfranchise.com for more details on the franchise opportunity.

4 02, 2019

You’re never too old to become an entrepreneur

2019-02-15T19:56:08+00:00February 4th, 2019|

95774543_MWhen you hear the word entrepreneur do you think of young, millennial-aged hipsters?

While tech icons like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk get much of the news coverage, it isn’t just young or middle-aged people that are finding success in the business world. In fact, a 2016 report by the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship found that 24% of new entrepreneurs are between the ages of 55 and 64 and that number is expected to rise.

Even if you’ve recently retired or are preparing to do so, owning your own business comes with dozens of benefits. And at your age, you also have some unique advantages including:

Career experience. As a Baby Boomer, you’ve been in the workforce since the late 60s or early 70s. You have over four decades of work experience that you can bring to the table. Whether you’ve stayed in one industry your entire career or have jumped around from profession to profession, you’re an expert. Use that past experience build something great.

A wealth of knowledge. Wisdom comes with age. You’ve witnessed hundreds of social, professional and personal interactions in your life and you know what communication techniques work. You’ve also seen the rise of new technologies and industries, and have managed to adapt and succeed all the while. Your resilience puts you in a unique position to thrive as an entrepreneur.

You’ve been through the good and the bad. Young people are often willing to throw in the towel after one or two minor setbacks. Not you. You’ve witnessed it all. As a Baby Boomer, you’ve experienced rejection, acceptance, business deals, and business faux pas. You know that change is a part of life, but you embrace that fact and use it to your advantage.

Don’t sell yourself short! No matter your age, there’s no better time than now to pursue your business dreams.

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